Apples and buckeyes remind me of the places I call home: Ohio and Washington state. I grew up in the “buckeye” state of Ohio—in the countryside—surrounded by apple trees. My mother was a Spanish professor and my father was a chemist/inventor who traveled the world. They both inspired me to pursue lifelong education goals, and, while in college, I developed an interest in Spanish literature. When I graduated, I attended The Ohio State University for my doctorate degree. On this campus, I met my husband Nathan. We settled in Springfield, Ohio, which is where our son Alex was born in 2002. I continued to work full time at a local community college, designing and delivering courses online and “in person” for English Composition I, English Composition II, Regional Studies of Latin America, British Literature to 1700, and all levels of Spanish. My committee and volunteer work often involved intense editing projects, serving on Alex’s elementary school board, publishing a textbook, and presenting original research at conferences. I truly enjoyed my work. In August of 2016 though, Nate was presented with a tremendous job opportunity as a finance director in the apple-producing state of Washington, which is where I now live. I missed my students dearly, so I signed on with a publishing company to tutor students in writing part-time and online. This work gives me great flexibility as a swim-team mom who regularly runs her son to the pool for practice. In my spare time, I continue to write fiction and a few of my short stories have been published in literary journals and magazines. Just for fun, I also describe my humorous attempts at DIY projects on my blog, “Fixin’ Leaks and Leeks.” Since I believe in “practicing what I preach,” I write every day. My favorite place to write is on the couch, snuggled up with our cat, SeaTac. On the mantle above the fireplace, are jars of buckeyes we brought with us from Ohio. I like to think they remind me that the apple/buckeye doesn’t fall far from the tree.